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Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery was central to the bus boycotts of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Vernon Johns led the congregation from 1947-52 and, foreshadowing the actions of Rosa Parks, defied the law that created a "whites-only" section on public transportation. The church's most famous pastor, Martin Luther King Jr., led the congregation from 1954-60, during the early years of the modern civil rights movement.
Courtesy of Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel